Memoirs of Edward and Catherine Stanley

Memoirs of Edward and Catherine Stanley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...its tone to that of a spiritual being. The terrors of crime cannot be very much greater than the dreadful misgiving which the consciousness of misspent hours inflicted. I felt, in its fullest extent, what by the gifts of nature I might have been, and what I had been. How truly we are the judges of our own deserts I how truly is the heart the interior of judgment! and in such a moment its decision may be trusted. It seemed as if a veil was drawn from before my character, which displayed it in such colours--such a wanton misuse of talents and faculties that it would be impossible to see it so and not reform it. How important do trifles become when they are considered the evidence of the mind! What a state is a death-bed for a mind capable of reflection, and which has hitherto not exercised it! One can scarcely enter into the conception of a character replete with passion and energy which has so long formed a constant source of anxiety and interest, subdued and reduced to nothing. One can scarcely imagine the form and features, once replete with life, in the calmness of death. What an interval for the mind when told that recovery is hopeless and dissolution approaching! We are familiarised with death in its general appearance, but when it is thus brought home to our consciousness and feelings how awful it is! What a complicated number of contending feelings are brought into play by this crisis of a person whose conduct to you has been constantly raising indignation and annoyance, whose death is for your interest in life in every way! How must all moral disapprobation, anger, &c, fade away in the contemplation of the impotence of passion! One can enter into the feelings of angels over a repenting sinner, and into the (perhaps) dangerous belief of...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492145
  • 9781236492142